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May 18, 2012

New Range Rover spied

The all-new Range Rover is losing its disguise and starting to take shape. These latest spy shots, taken near Land Rover’s HQ in Gaydon, Warwickshire, give us our best look yet at the luxurious 4x4 before it’s officially revealed in September.
Gone is the heavy cladding we saw on earlier prototypes, replaced with black and white stickers to obscure the styling, but the shape is clear to see. The overall dimensions are similar to the current car, but look closer and the details are all new.

A slightly narrower three-bar grille dominated the upright front end, along with several new air intakes and LED daytime running lights. The clamshell bonnet is more rounded than before, while the shoulder line rises gently to the rear. At the back, an extended roof spoiler and split tailgate can be seen.

Extensive use of aluminium for the bodywork will make this Range Rover significantly lighter and therefore more fuel efficient than its 2,810kg predecessor, but it will be even more spacious inside. The £120,000 Range Rover Ultimate tested the water for moving the Range Rover even further upmarket – and its success means the new car will be slightly more expensive but more luxurious than ever, too.

Engine choices will include tweaked versions of the current 4.4 TDV8 and 5.0-litre supercharged V8, as well as the new 375bhp supercharged V6 engine from the F-Type.

When we spoke to Land Rover design boss Jerry McGovern at the Beijing Motor Show he told us: “Next-generation versions of the Freelander, Discovery, Range Rover and Range Rover Sport will be far more recognisable as a family of vehicles.” So expect the Range Rover to set the tone for all new Land Rovers over the next few years.


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